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A recent UK poll showed that more than 1/3rd (34%) of the British public oppose the Hinkley Point project, and less than 1/3rd (29%) support it. [I]
The Vice President of the French National Assembly, Denis Baupin noted in a press release on October 8th that his visit to the UK came at a moment where the serious uncertainties weighing on the Flamanville (France) EPR Nuclear Reactor, notably the reactor pressure vessel [which has dangerous defects], are not being raised in France, at a moment when the EPRs under contruction, in France, as in Finland, are characterized by massive cost overruns and delays. EDF proposes to construct the same reactor model in the UK for a prohibitive cost: the electricity will be 30 to 50% higher than terrestial wind power. He points out that the EPR was supposed to be a demonstration of French nuclear savoir-faire (know-how) but the project turned into a major fiasco. The EPR is the largest reactor in the world and thus the most dangerous. It is also the most expensive. And, no one knows how to construct it! The UK still has the possibility of saying no to this industrial and financial disaster. [II]
BBC Interview with Molly Scott Cato, MEP: http://youtu.be/ikQrAeLwJjE
Top picture and a few pictures from October 9th protest (more in the video):
Denis Baupin furthermore pointed out that even EDF and AREVA don’t want to construct any more EPRs in France! They say that they are working on a “new model”. If there is a one that is [allegedly] better and cheaper then why would you buy one that has never functioned anywhere (failure at Flamanville and in Finland) and sold to you for a fortune (34 billion euros for two)? There is still time to renounce the most expensive thing ever constructed to make electrictiy. [III]
“Molly Scott Cato MEP: ‘We need to see damaging subsidy cuts to renewables reversed’
19 October 2015
COMMENTING ahead of a meeting between Prime Minister David Cameron and Chinese President Xi Jinping this Wednesday at which they are expected to discuss Chinese finance for a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset, Molly Scott Cato, Green MEP for the South West of England, said:
“Cameron must tell Mr Jinping that he is going to abandon the Hinkley white elephant immediately and invest instead in green energy which can deliver energy security more quickly, more cheaply and provide thousands more quality jobs.
“If Hinkley gets the green light it will be the most expensive electricity generating plant in the world . It will mean more elderly people dying from cold in the winter and more businesses going to the wall because they cannot compete with companies in countries where electricity is reasonably priced. This is a totally unacceptable price to pay simply to appease the Chinese and lever in Chinese finance to the city.
“Renewables is where the smart money is heading, if only the government would give up its ideological crusade against them. Wind has now been declared the cheapest way to generate electricity in the UK . We need to see damaging subsidy cuts to renewables reversed so that the green energy sector is offered the kind of stability that guarantees investor confidence.”
“Molly Scott Cato: ‘Hinkley is too risky’
6 October 2015
MOLLY Scott Cato, Green MEP for the South West, is to hold a crisis meeting with the Vice President of the French Assembly, Denis Baupin, on the ‘triple risks’ posed by Hinkley C nuclear power station. The meeting takes place ahead of a state visit by Chinese President, Xi Jinping, to the UK later this month. The UK government is rumoured to be ready to sign a financial deal with the Chinese which would ensure funding for the nuclear new build.
Dr Scott Cato and Baupin will be joined by protesters and a white elephant outside the gates of Hinkley on Friday and will draw attention to the risks to security , the risk of an energy gap  and the risks associated with Chinese ownership of the plant .
Baupin’s visit to Hinkley comes as the French government has acknowledged the risks associated with the Pressurised Water nuclear reactor (EPR) model; a design beset with problems that have caused massive delays to construction of two such plants in France and Finland but the design EDF still plan to build at Hinkley. The French government has also recently adopted a law which will reduce nuclear energy in the country.
“EPR was meant to showcase the expertise of France’s nuclear energy industry to the world. But it has turned into the most expensive and risky model possible. The many problems that have occurred with this design so far show we don’t even know how to build it properly! The UK still has an opportunity to say no to this industrial and financial disaster.”
Scott Cato said:
“I am delighted that the Vice President of the French Assembly has chosen to visit Hinkley and warn us of the risks the EPR nuclear model poses. By continuing to support this white elephant, the government is leading us into a dangerous dark alley where we will face a serious energy gap and where a reliance on Chinese capital will threaten safety and environmental standards . Friday’s meeting and protest will send a loud and clear message to the government: Hinkley is too risky. We need to abandon the project now and invest instead in green energy which can deliver energy security more quickly, more cheaply and provide thousands more quality jobs .”
Triple risks in details
 Security risks: the Pressurised Water nuclear reactor (EPR) technology/construction proposed for the Hinkley plant has encountered numerous problems. France’s nuclear safety watchdog found “multiple” malfunctioning valves in the Flamanville EPR that could cause its meltdown, in a similar scenario to the 1979 Three Mile Island nuclear accident in the US. The steel reactor vessel, which houses the plant’s nuclear fuel and confines its radioactivity, was also found to have “very serious anomalies” that increase the risk of it cracking. http://www.telegraph. co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/11662889/Faulty-valves-in-new-generation-EPR-nuclear-reactor-pose-meltdown-risk-inspectors-warn.html
 Energy gap risk: due to financial and technical delays, Hinkley is now not expected to produce any electricity until at least 2023. The project is having a ‘chilling effect’ on renewables both in terms of funding of renewables projects and in the allocation of spare grid capacity, which is being reserved for Hinkley. Renewables could quickly come on stream to fill the energy gap, given the necessary investment and political will. But the focus on nuclear power generation, while effectively putting the brakes on renewables, creates a serious risk of an energy shortfall, or energy gap.
 Risks associated with Chinese funding and ownership: Molly has identified these risks in her article for Business Green: http://mollymep.org.uk/2015/10/03/socialism-comes-home-to-the-uk-courtesy-of-chancellor-osborne/ She identifies Chinese investment as expensive and unreliable, pointing to recent volatility in its finance markets and the fact that our energy security will depend on the commitment of two companies controlled by the Chinese Communist Party – one of which, the China National Nuclear Corporation, combines nuclear weapons production with civilian nuclear power. There are also risks associated with China’s questionable commitment to safety and environmental standards.
 The Power to Transform the South West report commissioned by Molly Scott Cato, demonstrates how the South West can provide 100%+ of its energy needs through renewable energy alone: http://mollymep.org.uk/2015/04/17/power-to-transform/” https://www.greenparty.org.uk/news/2015/10/06/molly-scotto-cato-hinkley-is-too-risky/ (Emphasis our own).
Article about bribery in Chinese Nuclear industry and possible French State owned Areva involvement: http://www.sortirdunucleaire.org/The-curious-case-of-China-s-former
Live Stream link and more info here: https://southwestagainstnuclear.wordpress.com
Note I: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/oct/19/uk-solar-power-industry-proposes-emergency-plan-to-save-renewables
Note II: “Cette visite intervient au moment où les fortes incertitudes qui pèsent sur l’EPR de Flamanville, et notamment sa cuve, ne sont pas levées en France, à un moment où les EPR en construction, en France comme en Finlande, connaissent surcoûts et retards massifs… et où EDF propose la construction du même modèle de réacteur au gouvernement britannique. Tout cela pour un coût prohibitif puisque l’électricité y serait 30 % à 50 % plus chère que l’éolien terrestre.
Pour Denis Baupin « l’EPR devait être une démonstration du savoir-faire français en matière de nucléaire, mais ce projet tourne au fiasco : l’EPR est le réacteur le plus gros du monde donc le plus dangereux. Il est aussi le plus cher. Et on ne sait même pas le construire ! Le Royaume Uni a encore la possibilité de dire non à ce désastre industriel et financier». http://denisbaupin.fr/epr-le-royaume-uni-a-encore-la-possibilite-de-dire-non-a-ce-desastre-industriel-et-financier/. “EPR : Le Royaume Uni a encore la possibilité de dire non à ce désastre industriel et financier » Publié le 8 octobre 2015 dans Actualités Communiqués
Note III: “Denis Baupin a interpellé le gouvernement britannique en déclarant : « Même EDF et AREVA ne veulent plus construire d’EPR en France ! Ils disent qu’ils travaillent sur un « nouveau modèle ». Alors, si vous savez qu’il va y avoir un IPhone 6 plus sûr et moins cher, pourquoi achèteriez-vous le vieil IPhone qui n’a jamais marché nulle part (échec à Flamanville et en Finlande) et qu’on vous vend une fortune (34 milliards d’euros les 2) ? Il est encore temps de renoncer à construire l’objet le plus coûteux jamais construit pour produire de l’électricité ».http://denisbaupin.fr/epr-il-est-encore-temps-de-renoncer-a-construire-lobjet-le-plus-couteux-jamais-construit-pour-produire-de-lelectricite/ «EPR : Il est encore temps de renoncer à construire l’objet le plus coûteux jamais construit pour produire de l’électricité» Publié le 9 octobre 2015 dans Actualités Communiqués “Denis Baupin à Hinkley Point (GB) aux côtés de la députée Molly Scott Cato Communiqué de presse de Denis Baupin, le 9 octobre 2015
Additional photos at the web links above.